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Responding to New Challenges (1991-2000)

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Director of Engineering and Services
Mar 1989-Jan 1991
The Air Force Civil Engineer
Feb 1991-Jan 1992
Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Ahearn was assigned as deputy director in June 1986, and in March 1989 became director of engineering and services, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Engineering, Air Force headquarters. He later assumed duties as the Air Force civil engineer in February 1991.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Feb 1992-Oct 1992
Mr. Gary S. Flora served as The Civil Engineer between February and October 1992. He was the only civilian to serve in this position and was the logical choice because he had served previously in civil engineer assignments at base, major command, Air Force Regional Civil Engineer, Air Staff, and in the Engineering and Services Directorate since 1985.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Oct 1992-Jul 1995
Maj. Gen. James E. McCarthy served as The Civil Engineer between October 1992 and July 1995. The position of Assistant Civil Engineer was discontinued when he moved up to become The Civil Engineer. McCarthy focused on organizing, equipping and training the civil engineer work force to be more effective in dealing with new missions and the directed manpower reductions associated with the “objective wing concept.” He continued to implement the Total Quality Management concept throughout the career field. He also pursued an aggressive environmental program throughout the Air Force.
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The Air Force Civil Engineer
Jul 1995-Jul 1999
Maj. Gen. Eugene A. Lupia served as The Civil Engineer between July 1995 and July 1999. Lupia came to the job directly from the position of Civil Engineer at Headquarters AMC, and was the first graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to become The Civil Engineer. Lupia was a team builder who strengthened the relationships among the Air Force civil engineer organization and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Air Staff, other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the major commands. In 1996, General Lupia formed the Airmen’s Council to operate in conjunction with the Chiefs’ Council to “identify and fix Airmen problems.”